Tough Day for Local Runners at IAAF World Cross Country Running Champs

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Fiona Benson (Canada) at the start of the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Running Championships

A pair of local runners were in tough Saturday at the 41st IAAF World Cross Country Running Championships in Guiyang, China. Grande Prairie’s Mirelle Martens and Toms Lake’s Fiona Benson both toed the line representing Team Canada at “the toughest race on the planet.”

Martens started strong, running in the top 50 at the end of the first of three 2 km laps, but she faded badly on the final circuit, eventually placing 94th in the Junior Women’s 6 km race.

An exhausted Mirelle Martens at the end of the Junior Women's race at the 2015 World Cross Country Running Championships

An exhausted Mirelle Martens at the end of the Junior Women’s race at the 2015 World Cross Country Running Championships

Benson’s race in the Senior Women’s 8 km event followed a similar pattern. However, she fared slightly better than Martens, finishing 68th overall.  Both runners were fifth amongst the Canadian runners in their respective races.

Runners from Ethiopia and Kenya dominated the championships sweeping all of the individual and team gold and silver medals.

2015 IAAF World Cross Country Running Championships Results

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